Plant Development Services Inc. (Loxley, AL) and Tree Town USA (Houston, TX) partner to introduce Better Boxwood, "the first collection of scientifically bred blight-resistant boxwood in the industry".
The Better Boxwood series is the result of over two decades of breeding and trials in Europe, led by Belgium grower Didier Hermans in cooperation with the Flemish Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, both leaders in the fight against blight in Europe for 20 years. The Better Boxwood series will offer four different blight resistance varieties each with a unique size and form to fill any Boxwood need.
The newly formed partnership named Boxwood Solutions Inc. will begin taking liner orders in September 2021 for Spring 2022 delivery to grower partners across the United States.
Kip McConnell, Business Development Director with Plant Development Services, is excited about this groundbreaking release and the new partnership with Tree Town: “Our expertise in licensing and marketing, coupled with Tree Town’s production engine and nationwide reach, will allow Better Boxwood to make an immediate impact in the marketplace.”
David Kirby, Executive Vice President of Tree Town, highlights the need for improved genetics in the boxwood market: “Understanding the importance of boxwood to the North American landscape and the devastating effects of the Boxwood Blight, we are proud to provide consumers and landscape professionals with the largest collection of new varieties actually bred for blight resistance. The four uniquely shaped Better Boxwood varieties will fill a wide variety of landscape needs.”
The Better Boxwood line will be available to consumers beginning in Spring of 2023.